Drugs are considered a menace everywhere, especially in the workplace. For employers, drug-dependent employees can lead to lower productivity and revenue for the business. It can also put employees at risk, resulting in serious consequences. To avoid these unwanted situations, many employers require potential job candidates to undergo a pre-employment drug testing procedure.
When a drug test proves positive, an applicant will naturally be asked for the reason why they failed the test. Here are 10 examples of the common excuses used to try to get out of their predicament:
- “I was at a party over the weekend – can I retest later?”
- “I didn’t know the brownies I ate were laced with pot.”
- “I was bitten by a brown recluse spider.”
- “It must have been the tea I drank before going to bed last night.”
- “I got in a wreck over two years ago and they gave me pain killers for my back. I no longer have the bottle.”
- “I was at the dentist recently and they gave me pain meds, which is why I tested positive.”
- “I should not have used another person’s urine for the test.”
- “I have been eating poppy seed muffins recently.”
- “I buy shampoo from China and I think there are opiates in that.”
- “From fumes while making soap.”
Though creativity may be one of the qualities you’re looking for in an applicant, the fact that he or she tested positive for drugs is a red flag, because employee drug use and abuse comes with serious consequences for business owners like you.
Not just applicants
Most employers limit their drug testing efforts to job applicants. However, it is important to test current employees as well. According to American Drug Testing, approximately 10 percent of employed Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 have tested positive to illicit drug use. You can help curb this hazard in your workplace by implementing the right programs and policies.
If you’re looking to implement an employee drug testing program, get in touch with medical service providers such as U.S. HealthWorks.
(Top 10 Most Creative Reasons for FAILED Drug Tests , HireRight.com)
(Just How Important is Workplace Drug Testing?, AmericanDrugTesting.net)